ARTICLE: A Jewel in the Woods by Kerri Escobar

Working with a property owner who insists on an unconventional approach to a project can be a challenge. But it definitely helps, reports William Drakeley, when that client is also open-minded, imaginative and absolutely set on achieving brilliant, gem-like results.

It happens only rarely, by every once in a while you run into a client who wants to do things out of sequence.

An adjacent tennis court's size and proportions were used to trigger the design of the pool and spa. Both watershapes feature knife-edge-slot, perimeter-overflow designs that give them the appearance of floating above the surrounding deck.

An adjacent tennis court's size and proportions were used to trigger the design of the pool and spa. Both watershapes feature knife-edge-slot, perimeter-overflow designs that give them the appearance of floating above the surrounding deck.

Most often, we're asked to work on projects where there's an existing home that needs a watershape. Just as commonly, we're brought in when a home is being built at the same time as a new pool and its associated environment. In the case described in this article, however, our client owned a 20-acre site with little more than a modest, existing farmhouse on the property. While he planned to replace that structure eventually, he told us, his teen-aged children meant that the fun parts needed to come first.

We couldn't argue with his logic, so we signed on to build a pool, a spa and the surrounding decking, while the adjacent tennis court and pool house were handled by other contractors.

To read the full Watershapes article, click here.

Bill Drakeley Attends 2017 Arthur Ross Awards by Kerri Escobar

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art held their 2017 Arthur Ross Awards at the University Club of New York on May 1st. The Awards were established in 1982 to recognize and celebrate excellence in the classical architectural tradition. Featured in this photo are Frank and Chris Kane of Kane Brothers, Inc.; Bill Drakeley of Drakeley Pool Company and Drakeley Industries; and Wade Weissman of Wade Weissman Architecture, Inc.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art held their 2017 Arthur Ross Awards at the University Club of New York on May 1st. The Awards were established in 1982 to recognize and celebrate excellence in the classical architectural tradition.

Featured in this photo are Frank and Chris Kane of Kane Brothers, Inc.; Bill Drakeley of Drakeley Pool Company and Drakeley Industries; and Wade Weissman of Wade Weissman Architecture, Inc.

PRESS RELEASE: DPC WINS THE GOLD - THREE TIMES - AT NESPA POOL SHOW by Kerri Escobar

Bill Drakeley accepts THREE Gold Awards for this glass tiled, knife-edge beauty, fondly referred to as the "jewel of the property" by our client.

Bill Drakeley accepts THREE Gold Awards for this glass tiled, knife-edge beauty, fondly referred to as the "jewel of the property" by our client.

The Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA) has recently named its winners in the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards - Builders Competition. In the Specialty Pools category, Drakeley Pool Company has been awarded Gold for their outstanding design of a perimeter overflow and an all-tiled pool. In additional to these two Gold Awards, DPC also snagged the Gold Award for Exceptional Recognition in Design and Building.

Close up detail of the custom cut black absolute granite Lautner Edge.

The award-winning pool, located in Roxbury, Conn., was completed in August 2015. The pool and adjacent spa with thermal shelves are of a knife-edge slot perimeter overflow design (Lautner Edge). The knife-edge is a 6"x12" custom cut black absolute granite, which was installed at a positive elevation vis-a-vis the decking: the water elevation is 1/2" higher than the surrounding decking for a glass-like effect. The pool and spa are completely crusted in a custom blue mosaic blend of 3/4" Italian glass tile, installed in smooth radius curves over the shelves and benches for swimmer comfort. In the words of the client, the swimming pool is "the jewel of the property."

The custom blend Italian glass tile was installed in smooth radius curves over shelves, benches, and steps for swimmer comfort.

The Awards Celebration for the 2016 Awards Competition was held at The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City on January 24th.  The Pool & Spa Show is the premier tradeshow for the pool and spa industry where industry professionals gather to attend over 4 days in professional training as well as visit with companies producing the latest products and services for the industry.

This year more than four dozen companies submitted over two-hundred entries between the Builders Competition and the Service Competition resulting in 91 awards being given across both competitions’ categories.  Competition was once again high as these awards continue to be viewed within the industry as a benchmark of professional achievement. 

Each pool was judged based on creativity, functionality, project cohesiveness and overall cohesiveness with the environment. The Outstanding Achievement Awards - Builders Competition recognizes NESPA members whose installation of pools, spas, hot tubs and water features represent the best our industry has to offer.

It's not hard to see why this swimming pool/spa combo is called the 'jewel of the property.'

“The craftsmanship, attention to-detail and overall design of each and every project from our award winners were absolutely amazing,” said Irene Insignares, President of the Northeast Spa & Pool Association. “It is always exciting when our industry comes together to celebration our achievements and to recognize the hard-work that goes into creating the pools and spas of our clients’ dreams.” 

The Outstanding Achievement Awards:  Builders Competition recognizes NESPA members whose installation of pools, spas, hot tubs and water features represent the best examples of the industry’s products. Also, it is meant to provide other NESPA members with inspiration for their own creativity and innovation; therefore, expanding the opportunities for industry members and positive exposure to the public.

FEATURED: Luxury and Drakeley - What's In for the Fall by Lily Samuels

As we make our way into the fall, the Drakeley construction crews are busier than ever. The dry spells have allowed our craftsmen to continue custom installation for clients who want the majority of the 'heavy lifting' done while their outdoor spaces are not in use. Smart people!

Also delighted to announce that Drakeley Pool Company was featured in Luxury Pools' Fall/Winter 2016 Edition.

Read the article and check out shots of new projects here